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Old 10-03-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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My MK7 Golf GTI New Car Detail - Long one!

Hi Guys!

Well after a long wait, I finally collected my new Golf GTI from the dealers last week, 1st March. I originally asked the dealer not to wash the vehicle at all, thinking I would rather pick it up dirty than full of swirls. Some of you lot may shoot me now, but I since decided that picking up a brand new car is a pretty exciting occasion, and that I wanted the enjoyment of removing the cover and being presented with a lovely car, rather than collecting it dirty in the car park. So I did let them clean the car, thinking that I could rectify any horrors they created....

So after a week of driving, it was looking pretty dirty on Saturday morning...



















The dealers did a pretty terrible job of washing it, certainly evidence of a drying blade being used as we will see later! I'd set most of the weekend aside to really make sure it was looking spot on at the end, and also to allow the sealants I was using to cure inside for at least 24 hours.

Starting with the wheels, I didn't pay too much attention to them during the initial wash stage as I was going to be removing them for sealant coating. A light wash with AF Citrus Power gave them a light clean... Tools were a Dooka Wheel Mitt, an EZ Detail brush and an angled Wheel Woolie...



More detailed pics of the wheels will follow! Next, I foamed the car using VP Advanced Neutral Snow Foam...





All nooks and crannies agitated with AF Citrus Power and a 1" VP Brush







After rinsing the car was washed using AF Lather v3 and a brand new Adams wash pad.



Next, the car was sprayed with Dodo Ferrous Dueller to remove any iron contamination. The car is transported on a train from the factory so it can only be expected!



Hard to see on red but it was picking a few spots up, mostly around the rear wings, rear bumper areas.



Auto Finesse Clay was then used to remove a few small rogue tar spots. This shows that even though the car is brand new, it really is worth doing!



Here it is after its wash, ready to be taken inside for drying using a new PB towel and the Metro Vac Air Force Blaster.





The plan was to remove the wheels and fully clean/degrease them, seal them up and get them back on the car so it can be left overnight to cure properly. So, once the car was up on axle stands, the wheels looked like this:





Dodo Ferrous Dueller was used once again, liberally sprayed all over to break down any grime, and remove any contaminants. I really love this product, it did a superb job, although the wheels did need 2 hits to get them perfect!





Lots of bleeding!



Rinsed, and left feeling very smooth indeed!



Tyres were degreased using Megs Super Degreaser and a stiff brush





I then rolled the wheels back inside and used an upside down pallet with some carpet on it to rest the wheels on whilst drying/coating:





Product of choice for the wheels was Gyeon Rim. Prep was also used to ensure the surface was as clean as possible before applying:



A quick 'detailing selfie' showing that the correct PPE equipment was used during the application!





I found the coating very easy to use actually, the product spreads very easily and a little goes a long way. After leaving for 5-6 minutes, it was effortlessly buffed using a brand new MF cloth leaving a very clean wheel. Some VW branded dust caps were also fitted, ensuring they were lined up with the centre caps!



Whilst I was using the product, I also protected my new pressed plates which were to be fitted later on.



In between curing, I also took care of the arches. Quick before shot...



Liberally sprayed with Megs Super Degreaser and agitated with various brushes:







After agitating, I used my Karcher steam cleaner to deep cleanse the area before wiping dry with a cloth.



Finally...



Calipers and Hubs were also done in the same manor, as they would also be coated with Gyeon Rim.



All arch plastic and paint was protected with the brilliant Sonax Hybrid NPT. It's brilliant on plastic!



Back to the wheels... All finished:



Tyres were coated with Gyeon Tire and heat cured with the heat gun for 4-5 mins each. (A second coat was applied 24 hours later)



Once all the wheels were refitted an torqued up back to manufacturer specs (120Nm), I set about sealing the exhaust. Polished with AF Mercury and Sealed with Gyeon Rim.









Once these details were sorted, it was time to asses the condition of the paint. No surprises with the readings to be honest, all looked healthy!



I did find it quite difficult to photograph the red paint with my iPhone 5S camera, but I did manage to pick up on some of the defects.













The plan was to get both bumpers and the boot lid polished and sealed with a ceramic sealant to let it sure overnight. I'd then planned to get the rest of the polishing done the following day as I was using a couple of different waxes on the other panels.

Correction of the bumpers was done using a Yellow Lake Country spot pad and Scholl S17+.

Before:





After:



I also used this combo to correct the boot lid while I was at it.





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Old 10-03-2014, 11:27 AM   #2
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Once the rear end was corrected, I refined the paint using a black CG Hex pad and Scholl S40. I then fitted the pressed plate before applying the ceramic sealant.



DefWax HCC PRO was used as I've had some brilliant results with this, well over 12 months durability! Before applying, Gyeon Prep was used to remove any polishing oils from the surface allowing a perfect bond.



The front bumper was also done in the same manor, looking pretty glossy!



Once the bumpers and boot lid were sorted, I also cleaned and sealed the glass with GTechniq G1 (front screen had 3 coats) to allow that to also cure overnight.







My wife then picked me up from our warehouse and I returned the following day to tackle the rest of the paint. Scholl S17+ was used on a green Dodo FIN pad (light cut), before refining with the brilliant Sonax Perfect Finish on a black Dodo FIN pad.

Starting to look pretty glossy!



B-Pillars were also sorted using Perfect Finish.



I did find it difficult to photograph the correction stages, but here is a couple of before/afters:









Once all the paint was polished, I performed a thorough wipedown with Gyeon Prep before applying the waxes. Every wax I used is a rare wax, and all mean something to me so I wanted to use them all. Firstly, a generous gift from my mate Nick Seaman. Mitchell & King MK7 was blended based on their Armour wax, but tinted red for my car. A lovely wax to use, and it left a lovely finish.



Exclusive Edition is also a rare wax (one of 9 pots) which was blended by Nick Seaman with the help of the Auto Finesse team, and smells of spearmint!

Next, was my own home blend of some lovely waxes, including AF Desire, AF Illusion, DefWax Rotundus, Zaino Z2 Sealant, Dodo PH PRO and a few others. Its a lovely wax to use, very oily and a dream to buff.



M&K MK7 was applied to the bonnet, front wings and the front of the roof. Exclusive Edition applied to the rear of the roof and spoiler, and my home blend to both doors and rear wings.



Buffed with a short nap MF towel after 10-15 minutes.





Once the wax was sorted, I turned my attention to the interior. It was very clean anyway, so I just hoovered with Henry before applying GTechniq I1 to all the fabric surfaces.







The mats were left overnight to cure before refitting the next day. Plastics were given a light wipedown with Wolf's 'Insider' APC before dressing with Wolf's Silk Milk. Door shuts were polished/waxed with AF Tripple.



As circumstances have it, I left the car inside for a second night which made absolutely sure that the sealants were cured but I did drag it out for some pictures.



















Engine bay was steam cleaned and dressed with AF Dressle.







This morning I pulled it outside and I was really delighted with how it looked. It was certainly a long hard weekend getting it just how I wanted but it was well worth it. It's now thoroughly protected up for the forseeable future. Can't wait to keep on top of this one for the next 3-4 years!







I know its been a long one, but thanks for reading!

Comments welcome,

Jon
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Beaut mate! Really loving these at the moment! Top work
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Lovely new car and great detail Jon - enjoy it!

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Great work and on such a stunning car.

It really does amaze me that dealers put cars out with so many defects.

Top work.
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Great write up and work Jon, looking very nice indeed, like the pressed plates too.
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Very nice car Jon.... looks awesome
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Enjoy the new motor Jon, you done it proud with the detail.
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Lovely little insight into your new car experience Jon. As said on Twitter, it looks great! Really think you've done well to choose red. It will be the rarer colour i think.

The Mitchell & King Wax from Nick was a nice touch, and love the look and sound of that mash up blend of yours. Seems to have turned out very well!

Keep meaning to order some Ferrous Dueller!
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Great work mate and amazing car!

Wondered how long it was going to be until you stuck some pictures up after seeing the unveiling pics the other day
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